Universal’s The Mummy did ok, but not almost as well as Wonder Woman, coming in at $32.2 million in tickets during its debut weekend. Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot passed the $200 million mark domestically after 10 days in release, and kept its hold on the #1 position with a $57 million second weekend take.
Universal’s Dark Universe – a series of movies that features the studio’s classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man – is not getting off the ground smoothly with its first title.
It managed nonetheless to make a strong showing overseas, grossing $141.8 million in ticket sales in 63 worldwide markets, the largest opening ever for a Cruise film, according to Boxofficemojo.com. His star power now shines brightest overseas, where audiences have been more forgiving of the actor’s baggage.
Now, that doesn’t change the Rotten Tomatoes score, but at least we know “The Mummy” is going to break even.
In third on North American screens was Captain Underpants: The First Epic movie, a Fox animation based on the popular children’s books by Dav Pilkey.
Though projections have the movie, budgeted at $125 million, only making $35 million domestically over opening weekend, it could be saved internationally, as projections have the movie taking between $125 million and $135 million globally. This indicates Raabta is ahead of all the other two films, though overall none of this week’s releases shined at the Box Office. Sticking in the fourth-spot is box-office stalwart Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with $10.7 million. The critical consensus in China more closely mirrored North America than audience turnout, however. He added that “a lot of the attention that “The Mummy” garnered here, aggregated to the worldwide total”.
Two other movies from a pair of indie distributors also opened nationwide this weekend: A24’s apocalyptic horror film It Comes at Night and Bleecker Street’s drama Megan Leavey, starring Kate Mara as a young Marine fighting in Iraq with her bomb-sniffing combat dog. In the 33 global markets where “The Mummy” opened between Wednesday and Thursday, the movie took in $20.5 million.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2“, $6.2 million ($2.2 million international). Reviews were poor, and those who turned out opening night gave it an average grade of B- according to market research firm CinemaScore.